When it comes to natural treatments for skin, several ingredients rate highest. We’ve talked about how cannabidiol (CBD) supports the skin, but there are many other natural skin care ingredients worth exploring. Algae, green tea, coconut oil, Gotu Kola, aloe vera, and oatmeal are some of the best materials for reaping the benefits of natural skincare products and cultivating clean beauty.
Recent research shows that extra virgin coconut oil suppresses some of the body’s natural inflammatory agents while making the skin a better barrier. There’s growing science supporting the use of this plant fat as a topical skin soother.
Extra virgin coconut oil, unlike refined or processed coconut oils, contains the most beneficial fatty acids and natural antioxidants. All these great properties give it potent anti-aging effects on the skin’s surface.
Gotu Kola was used by the ancient Chinese, Persians, Greeks, and Egyptians due to its wound healing properties. Now, this herb is a part of modern skincare products because of its ability to promote faster healing times. Gotu Kola has an array of chemicals that promote blood flow to the site of injury which help strengthen the skin. The combination of amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals work together to provide hydration, cellular regeneration, detoxification support, pain relief, inflammation relief- all of which are necessary for anti-aging.
The traditional Asian medicinal herb has found a new life as a popular natural skin care ingredient in the modern cosmetics industry. The plant, which is related to the horsetail, is rich in phytochemicals and amino acids. In skincare products, these elements combine with fatty acids and beta carotene to encourage healing of damaged skin.
The green tea plant has been used for skincare products since the beginning of time. The significant concentration of polyphenols found in green tea make it a wonderful ingredient for general skincare. In addition, green tea has been used as a natural sunscreen in Japan for centuries.
Although evidence that topical green tea is beneficial in treating skin conditions is limited, there are several studies showing topical green tea can help reverse photodamage caused by ultraviolet radiation and mitigate the signs of sun damage.
Green tea extract is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can be valuable in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. Now a new study finds that applying a green tea polyphenol extract to the skin may reduce specific signs of photoaging.
Oatmeal is a staple in many kitchens and on many breakfast nooks across the globe. So classic for breakfast, but great for your body too. Oatmeal works well on the skin. It’s an anti-inflammatory that can help with eczema or rashes.
Oatmeal is a good source of anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant chemicals called avenanthramides. It also has moisturizing beta glucans and starches for skin hydration benefits.
Colloidal oats are an ultra-fine powder made from grinding whole oats into a fine powder. Although oatmeal baths are still recommended for skin conditions, colloidal oats can be an alternative. They can be rubbed into the skin instead of soaking in water to relieve itchiness and irritation, particularly of eczema and psoriasis.
Colloidal Oatmeal can be used to treat a number of skin diseases and conditions. Scratching your skin is a natural reaction for irritated, scaly or itchy eczema, but repeating the action only exacerbates the condition. Colloidal Oatmeal helps soothe and calm your skin, particularly where irritation or inflammation have occurred, leaving you with softer and more hydrated skin.
Shea butter is one of the natural skin care ingredients that can be found in many moisturizers and hand creams. Its main benefits are its usefulness for treating and soothing eczema, which is caused by inflammation, according to the National Eczema Association. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory nutrients that are also effective at treating itchiness. And the best part? It is one of the kindest ingredients for sensitive skin.
For centuries, women in West Africa have relied on the powers of shea butter to soften, soothe, and heal dry skin. Shea butter is unsaponifiables, or naturally occurring fat compounds that soften skin and enhance its elasticity. A double-blind study showed that when used with other standard eczema treatments, shea butter cream achieved results similar to those obtained with drug therapy.
Shea butter is rich in Vitamin A and has free-radical fighting and antioxidant properties. It can deeply moisturize and soothe your skin, giving it a healthy, youthful appearance. It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and prevents them from forming by moisturizing and nourishing the skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Australian tea tree oil is perhaps the most well-known natural skincare ingredient in the world. An essential oil derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, it’s long been used in traditional Australian medicine for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. But what good are these germ fighting properties if they only work on the surface of the skin? Thanks to modern science, we’ve learned that tea tree oil is also capable of working inside the pore to tackle blemishes at their source.
With its antifungal and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is an ingredient commonly used in skincare products, where it can absorb excess oils on the skin’s surface. Acne is caused by buildups of excess sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin. Using tea tree oil directly on the skin has proven to clear away blemishes without drying out or irritating the skin. It can even reduce spot size and heal cystic cysts.
The oceans are filled with algae, and beneath the surface lies a world that’s been untapped by scientists and skincare experts alike. Regardless, algae has been used for centuries in Asia as a skincare solution, and has become increasingly popular in beauty products worldwide.
Algae is a powerhouse of nutrients, so it’s no wonder that modern skincare products are starting to harness its power. You can find algae in everything from serums to scrubs, and even in base recipes for anti-aging moisturizers and foundations. Algae has been shown to have a whole host of skincare benefits, from firming and toning to improving acne, managing oil production and helping heal dryness.
There are many types of algae in this world, and they all do different things to help benefit your skin. Some provide hydration, some fight bacteria or acne-causing agents, and others keep your skin moisturized. As long as the environmental impact of harvesting it is considered, algae can be a great additive for your skincare routine.
Now you can protect your skin, reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, and smooth your complexion simply by putting these natural skincare ingredients into your regular skincare routine. These are some of the most effective ingredients for replacing harmful chemicals and synthetic ingredients hiding in many common skincare products.